Impact Hub Global: Full-Time Seed Program Lead - Africa

Impact Hub Global
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 30 January, 2015
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We are looking for a Seed Program Lead: Africa to join us starting as soon as possible as a member of our network to take on Seed Program coordination of Impact Hub in Africa, in particular to drive our onboarding and incubation program for new Impact Hubs across Africa. This position is open to applicants based in Africa only.

Position Summary

We are looking for a Seed Program Lead: Africa to join us starting as soon as possible as a member of our network to take on Seed Program coordination of Impact Hub in Africa, in particular to drive our onboarding and incubation program for new Impact Hubs across Africa. This position is open to applicants based in Africa only.

Everyone has ideas for making the world a better place – Impact Hub is a place to make them happen. With 63 open Impact Hubs, more than 11,000 members around the world and a combined global team of over 500 makers, we have created a collaborative eco-system that inspires, connects and enables people across the world to sustainably impact society.

From Amsterdam to Johannesburg, Singapore to San Francisco – we provide access to spaces, resources and connections, knowledge, talent and investments to turn ideas into action and move from intent to impact. Started in 2005 with just a single Impact Hub, we have now become a tightly connected network spanning the globe.
And we are just getting started. On the brink of achieving significant growth with even stronger presence and impact around the world in the years to come, we are committed to further nurture a globally diverse community of individuals and organizations united by the imagination and drive to pursue enterprising ideas for the world.
Impact Hub is about people who see and do things differently. We invite you to join us!
As part of this evolution, we are now looking for an exceptional individual to join our Africa team as a Seed Program Lead: Africa. This position will be responsible for catalyzing interest on the continent and scoping the most amazing entrepreneurial  talent that’s committed to building local Impact Hubs across Africa (through our launched Impact Hub Seed Program and our recently launched Resilience Africa).

This is a great opportunity for someone who has background and experience in program and project management, has a natural passion for building the entrepreneurial ecosystem across Africa, has knowledge about entrepreneurship in fragile states, is looking forward to working within a fast-paced, global start-up environment and aspires to make a strong contribution to the African impact economy.

Impact Hub and Cordaid: Resilience Africa

The initiative consists of a multi-layer program with the aim to develop strong and resilient local entrepreneurial ecosystems and subsequently local economies and societies in five countries across Africa. The initiative includes a Seed Program, two regional incubation programs for local entrepreneurs (Impact Hub Fellowship and Social Business Incubator) and a series of thought leadership events. The purpose of the Seed Program is to identify, select, and enable local, high-potential entrepreneurial teams in the process of building Impact Hubs in 5 African countries modified to fit the specific context in each country and city. The aim is to build a locally-owned and driven, sustainable physical and social infrastructure for entrepreneurship and innovation in selected fragile states. The 5 African countries are Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sierra Leone.

Job Description

Impact Hub and Cordaid’s Resilience Initiative: Seed Program

  • Overall program oversight and execution responsibility
  • Program Management
  • Local Impact Hub Team coordination
  • Supporting the communication and marketing side of the Resilience Initiative
  • Budgetary responsibility and reporting to partners, funders and the Impact Hub network
  • Oversight of new Impact Hub application process and candidate team selection
  • Program staffing and resourcing management
  • Developing relationships and partnerships in the region
  • Ensuring relevant regional meetings take place
  • Participate in the development of two Thought Leadership events
  • Representing Impact Hub externally

Team engagement

  • Full member of the regional team
  • Main collaboration with Africa Lead and Growth Manager, general coordination and cooperation with global team and local network representatives expected.
  • Participation in selected Advisory Council Meetings and Impact Hub Association Board/Network Calls.

Candidate Profile

Why do it?

  • To shape and support Impact Hub in a crucial region and challenging markets
  • To work in a highly entrepreneurial, dynamic and flexible global environment with lots of room for autonomy and self-expression.
  • To get the chance to work alongside highly committed pioneers in building a global movement for impact and innovation.
  • To be part of a steadily growing network of 500+ makers and 10,000+ members of Impact Hub around the world…
  • To strengthen the entrepreneurial sector in five fragile states across Africa

Are we a match?

  • You have relevant work experience in the following areas: Program Management and experience working in Africa.
  • You have experience in at least one of the focus countries
  • You have a significant network in the sector that you can activate in support of this role.
  • You are passionate about and immersed into relevant topics, developments and conversations in the field of social impact and innovation.
  • You have a natural interest in working with entrepreneurs, key donors and stakeholders.
  • You are fluent in English and French and have strong writing and presentation skills.
  • You have excellent user skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • You are comfortable communicating with several stakeholders and able to work collaboratively within multidisciplinary and distributed teams.
  • You are open-minded, self-reliant, and excited about being part of a diverse, fast-paced, global start-up environment.
  • You are able to demonstrate key components of the Impact Hub approach: entrepreneurship, collaboration, innovation and exceptional execution ability. 

Job Specification

  • Role: Full-Time; Position: Seed Program Lead Africa;
  • Location: Based anywhere in Africa. Preference will be given to candidates based in Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya or Sierra Leone
  • Remuneration (independent contractor): TBD;
  • Contract: Till the end of 2015 with annual performance review and potential for long term contract extension.

Application Process

  • Please enter your application here ( by January 30th, 2015 (midnight CET), including the following documents:
    • CV or Resume.
    • Cover letter outlining why you and the Impact Hub are made for each other.
    • One letter of recommendation from a professional contact.
  • Upon initial screening, additional interviews may be conducted. The final decision will then be communicated within February 2015.
  • Preferred starting date for the position: between 01 March and 01 April 2015.
  • In case of any questions, please email with subject “Seed Program Lead: Africa”.

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